Changes to your councils in Dorset
You may have heard that local government in Dorset is going through some big changes. On 1 April 2019 the county's nine councils will be replaced by two entirely new organisations:
- Dorset Council, and
- Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council
The new Dorset Council will replace the existing district and borough councils (East Dorset, North Dorset, Purbeck, West Dorset, Weymouth and Portland) and Dorset County Council, all of which will cease to exist. From April 2019 Dorset Council will deliver your local services, working in partnership with parish and town councils.
Why the councils are changing
There are several reasons why we're coming together as one Dorset Council:
- to protect important services for residents including bins, housing, road maintenance, schools and social care
- to reduce costs and give better value for money and cutting duplication
- to give Dorset a stronger voice nationally which will help attract business investment and government funding and support local economic growth
How the changes may impact you
Although it sounds like a big change, you shouldn't notice any major changes to the council services you get from 1 April. For example, your bin day will stay the same, you'll be able to park in the same car parks and we'll continue to maintain roads and public spaces as normal. We issued a perception survey to local residents to find out what you know about Dorset Council and how the changes might affect you. Based on that survey we’ve compiled a number of answers to commonly asked questions that we know you have been asking.
How do I get involved?
We are setting up a new People's Panel to help residents have their say on council services and plans. There will be different ways you can get involved including online surveys and focus groups. If you would like to join this panel, please provide us with your details.